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Meeting Faith Ringgold

February 3, 2021 | Felicity Greene

During this morning’s meeting, the children of the Sky Class discussed how we have said goodbye to the month of January, and entered a new month – February!  While this month is exciting for many reasons, it is special because we get to spend time learning about and remembering the ways that African Americans have helped our country grow and be great.

 

Each week during Black History Month, the Sky Class will study a Black American, and learn about their many contributions to our lives and culture. The children will study these Black Americans’ work in art, activism, science, invention, and music.

Today, the children were introduced to the artist, Faith Ringgold, and were excited to hear that she is still living… here in New Jersey! Ringgold’s art spans many mediums including paint, mixed media sculptures, performance art, and children’s stories. Some of her art can even be seen in Subway stations in New York City. The children watched a short video, in which Ms. Ringgold told about her life growing up in Harlem, her art education, and evolution as an artist.

The children saw some of Ms. Ringgold’s more well known pieces of art such as her story quilts, that tell the stories of real African American heroes.

Throughout the week, the children will also hear stories that were written by Faith Ringgold, and feature her artwork,

and reflect on her artwork by creating their own Kuba designs with the use of tessellation tiles.

“Is this her artwork?  Wow.”

Felicity Greene

Teacher, Sky Class

Felicity Greene joined staff in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a minor in Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies. During her student teaching placement, Ms. Greene immediately felt at home in the classroom and is delighted to now be working at Mustard Seed among such a supportive and stimulating staff.

Excited to work at a school where she is free to incorporate her faith, Ms. Greene facilitates expression and exploration of faith with her students in the Sky class. She’s passionate about the role of literature in a child’s development and interested in development in general. She’s grateful to work at a school that pays such close attention to developmental markers in children, as she views developmental awareness to be a vital tool in teaching and caring for each child.

Ms. Greene is also delighted to be back in New Jersey where she grew up, able to be close to her childhood church community and family, especially now that she is newly an aunt. Along with her love of teaching, Ms. Green is passionate about baking as well as ice skating, in which she has competed in both individual and team competitions for more than twelve years. In addition to competing, Felicity also enjoyed coaching both children and adults with the Special Olympics Figure Skating Program in West Orange, New Jersey for several years.

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